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Emeril’s Essence Recipe

This homemade Essence recipe is better than any blackened seasoning you’ll ever have. Plus it’s super quick to make, and contains no preservatives or fillers!  Deliciously versatile, use it to season anything that needs a boost in FLAVOR!

A cup with the essence seasoning and a spoon.

I know this dry rub recipe exists on the internet already since it’s from the very famous Chef Emeril. But I have to share it here since I’ve been using it for years and use it often. I think you should too!

My favorite way to use Essence is as a rub on meats or veggies then either grilled or seared and baked. The aroma when you’re cooking your meats it’s out of this world! It’s my go to seasoning for grilled pork tenderloin or chicken.

Personal note: Chef Emeril Lagasse was my first inspiration on cooking outside of Mexican recipes. I used to watch him (and Ina Garten!) all the time back in the day when the food network used to have real cooking shows!

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Ingredients

All dried ingredients: paprika, salt (if using table salt, use 1 T), granulated garlic, black pepper, onion powder, cayenne pepper, dried oregano, dried thyme.

Garlic powder note: I swapped garlic powder for granulated garlic as it lasts better. Since I live in a humid place, my garlic powder tends to harden making it very difficult to use. Using granulated garlic fixes that problem without the loss of flavor.

***See the recipe card below for the exact quantities.

The ingredients for this recipe on a plate.

How To Make Essence

Making this recipe is no brainer. All you have to do is place all ingredients in a jar or bowl and give it a good mix. Make this ahead of time and just use as needed.

Essence seasoning in a bowl with a spoon.

Storing

Store in an airtight glass container in a cool, dark place. Exposure to heat and sunlight can lead to flavor loss.

Refrigeration or Freezing (optional): While most spices are fine at room temperature, you can refrigerate or freeze some to extend their shelf life. 

Essence seasoning on a plate with a spoon.

Thank you for stopping by!

I hope you like this recipe! Do you have any questions I can help you with? Or if you made it, I would love it if you leave a comment or rating below.
Gracias!!!! xx, Ana

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The dried herbs seasoning on a plate with a spoon.

Emeril’s Essence Recipe

This Essence recipe is better than any blackened seasoning you'll ever have. Plus it's quick to make & contains no preservatives or fillers! 
5 from 7 votes
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Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 Tablepsoons
Calories: 6kcal
Author: Ana Frias

Ingredients 

  • 2 ½ tablespoons regular paprika
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt (if using table salt, use 1 T)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a small jar and mix to combine.

Notes

Store in an airtight glass container in a cool, dark place. Exposure to heat and sunlight can lead to flavor loss.
Refrigeration or Freezing (optional): While most spices are fine at room temperature, you can refrigerate or freeze some to extend their shelf life. 

Private Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1Tablespoon | Calories: 6kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Sodium: 582mg | Potassium: 22mg

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was such a quick and easy recipe that does not disappoint! So robust and flavorful; the perfect seasoning to have on hand, indeed!

  2. 5 stars
    Yummy! I made a big batch and used it to season shrimp yesterday, very good flavorful mix!

  3. 5 stars
    I wanted to try Emeril’s essence since I’ve been watching some of his old re-runs and so I was thrilled to find this recipe. I see why he uses it so much, YUM!